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  • OSLO, Oct 2- Norway's Kollsnes gas processing plant will return to full production on Wednesday, later than earlier expected, gas system operator Gassco said in a market message on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- FirstGroup said it was preparing to take over the running of Britain's West Coast rail line Later this year, despite a legal appeal over the contract award by incumbent Virgin Trains.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent on Tuesday to their highest close in five months after the central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 30 to 39 points, or as much as 0.7 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *European officials told Reuters late on Monday that Spain was ready to request a bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend, but Germany had signalled that it should hold off.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 2- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Tuesday. EUROBOND: The Czech Republic took advantage of record low yields to raise funds for 2013, surprising markets with a 750 million euro reopening of a 10- year Eurobond.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent to their highest close in five months after Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd:.

  • MOSCOW- The VTB Capital " RUSSIA CALLING!" MOSCOW- Russia's Deputy Agriculture Minister Ilya Shestakov holds a briefing. MOSCOW- Russia's monthly oil output and export and gas output data.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Restore PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- John Laing Infrastructure Fund Ltd:.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Marwyn Management Partners PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- LZYE Group PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Charles Taylor PLC:. *Appointment of interim group CFO. *Appointment of Tito Soso as interim group chief financial officer.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Firstgroup PLC:. *UK bus division is expected to deliver like-for-like passenger revenue growth. *UK rail division like-for-like passenger revenue expected to increase by 8.1%.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Nextgen Group PLC:. *Has to date been unable to secure additional financing. *No acceptable offers for Nextgen sciences received.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- British house prices unexpectedly fell in September, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Tuesday, adding to a recent string of disappointing economic news.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 30 to 39 points, or as much as 0.7 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed up 1.4 percent, or 78.38 points, higher at 5,820.45 points on Monday.

  • *New York's top prosecutor opened a new front in efforts to hold banks accountable for the financial crisis by filing a civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase& Co, alleging widespread fraud by the company's Bear Stearns unit in the sale of mortgage-backed securities. *The judge overseeing the patent dispute between Apple Inc.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- European shares were set to retreat in early trading on Tuesday after strong gains in the previous session, with uncertainty over the timing of a likely aid request by Spain seen prompting investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.3 pct, Nikkei recovers from 3- week low. inched up 0.1 percent, suggesting a firm start on Wall Street, but financial spreadbetters expected London's FTSE 100.